Aurora Borelis

PhotographerJohannes Frank
PrizeSilver in Nature / Sky
Entry Description

A series of photographs of Aurora Borelis shoot in different places in Iceland.

About Photographer

I am a self-taught photographer. I was born and raised in a small village in the Western Fjords of Iceland, and I believe that the mountains and the harsh landscape and weather I grew up with has had a big influence on my work. My knowledge of photography comes from reading books, shooting photographs, and learning from my mistakes; and my joy comes from making an image I am happy with. I have an immense passion for landscape photography, most especially shooting it in black and white. Unlike with color photography, the graphic quality of black and white gives me a wider range of delicate tones and detail, which allows me the freedom I need in many photos to tangibly express the landscape. Sometimes, my intention for a new photo can begin with an image I imagine, like an isolated or abandoned place. I then head out in search of this vision. Oftentimes, I will drive around and explore new areas, holding on to the hope of finding that one image I am aiming for in my mind. I am often trying to convey a soothing effect and simplicity in my landscape images, but I also want to express the power and drama that nature has, and how small humans and their things can be against Nature. Through my photographs, I hope to extend the feeling I have towards the landscape of my country. It brings me the most satisfaction when people tell me they want to visit a place I have shot just to see it with their own eyes. This response makes me feel like I have accomplished something.